Crimes of the Heart Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Babe explodes at Chick, which indicates:

2. Meg and Babe remember their mother's death differently because:

3. When Meg objects to Barnette, Lenny claims:

4. Lenny begins the play by:

5. Chick asks Meg about her singing career because:

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Old Granddaddy's relationship with his granddaughters.

2. Describe Barnette's vendetta against Zackery.

3. Describe some contradicting facets of Babe's character.

4. What was Meg's life like in L.A.?

5. Describe Meg's life in Hollywood.

6. Why does Meg bring up Lenny's boyfriend from Memphis?

7. What is ironic about Lenny's birthday wish?

8. What reason does Meg give Doc for leaving him in Biloxi?

9. Describe Meg's encounter with Doc.

10. Why are Lenny and Babe laughing about Old Granddaddy's stroke?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

If the Magrath family were a clear example of family in the United States, what would be the "norm" for family behavior? Use the text to support your ideas about the Magrath family as a typical American family.

Essay Topic 2

Lee Smith "The biggest myth about Southern women is that we are frail types--fainting on our sofas...nobody where I grew up every acted like that. We were about as fragile as coal trucks." Write an essay in which you defend, refute, or qualify this statement using the text as support for your argument.

Essay Topic 3

One definition of a crime is "any offense, serious wrongdoing, or sin." Consider any "crime" committed in the play, literal or metaphorical, and determine how the preceding definition suits it. Is the definition complete in regards to this particular crime? Are there any words that don't fit? Defend, refute, or qualify the definition above in regards to any crime in the play.

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